Keynote Speakers

Prof. Edwina Pio

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


Edwina Pio is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity and a Fulbright alumnus. She is an integral part of the Business and Law School, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and is a Visiting Professor at Boston College USA. Embodying her passion for interdisciplinary scholarship, her research interests encompass the intersections of work, ethnicity, religion and pedagogy. Edwina has a PhD in Buddhist Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology, and a double Bachelor’s degree – one in Psychology and the other in Education. She has a certificate in Personal and Institutional Transformation and is a registered Counsellor with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors. In leading people to the thresholds of their minds, she travels extensively to Europe, North America, Asia and Australia and interacts with diverse audiences in the academic, business and social sector.


Her accolades include the Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship research fellowship at Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden and Visiting Academic at Cambridge University, UK. Edwina is the leader of the research group Immigration & Inclusion under the auspices of the New Zealand Work Research Institute. She chairs the Business Post Graduate Board of Studies and is a member of her University’s Post graduate Board and the Spirituality Steering Committee. She is Co-Director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights, UK, an Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute, and a member of the Migration Integration Group, and the Gender and Diversity Research Group.  She has been on the Board of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), and Chair of their Education committee, and also served as a Board member of Home & Family Counselling, Auckland. Currently she is on the board of Mixit a not-for-profit organization which uses creativity to empower young people with refugee backgrounds. In addition she works closely with the Human Rights Commission and Office of Ethnic Communities. She is a registered counsellor and assists women and children experiencing domestic violence.


She has received media attention for her research and her role as an ethnic minority educator and writer, and has been interviewed and featured on New Zealand TV, Maori TV, BBC radio, RadioNZ, the New Zealand Herald and New Zealand Management. She has won awards at the Academy of Management and the Society for Global Business and Economic Development. In 2008 her book “Sari: Indian women at work in New Zealand” was released by John Key, the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In 2010 her book "Longing & Belonging" was released at Te Papa Wellington on Race Relations Day by the Office of Ethnic Affairs and the Human Rights Commission. In 2014 her book “Work & Worship” was released by the Race Relations Commissioner.


Scholarly Programme Co-Chairs



Dr. Ghazal Mir Zulfiqar

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr. Ghazal Zulfiqar is the Director of Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC) and an Assistant Professor at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS. She has a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. Her research interests include the feminist political economy of labour, subaltern work and financialization. Prior to joining LUMS, she taught at the University of Massachusetts’ (UMASS) Department of Economics and worked as a research fellow at UMASS' Center for Social Policy. Her policy experience includes rural development in Arkansas, USA. She began her career in international finance at Citigroup, Inc. in Pakistan and the UK, with projects spanning the African continent and South Asia.


Dr. Faiza Ali

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr Faiza Ali is an Assistant Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS. Prior to that she was a lecturer in HRM and OB at the University of Kent, Kent Business School. Faiza has teaching experience in higher education for over ten years in UK, Australia and Pakistan. She completed her PhD in management from Macquarie University, Australia. In addition to this, she holds a MBA and a Master’s degree in Economics. She has also successfully completed Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from University of Kent.

In terms of research, Faiza has published in high quality peer-reviewed journals as well (ABS 3* and 2*). She has written widely on equality and human resource management in a wide range of publications including: Gender, Work and Organization; Asia Pacific Journal of Management; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Gender in Management: an International Journal; Women's Studies International Forum; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and International Journal of Employment Studies. Faiza has also presented her research at a number of prestigious management conferences such as Academy of Management (AoM), European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).


Dr. Misbah Tanveer

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr. Misbah Tanveer is an Assistant Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB), LUMS. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from University of Groningen, Netherlands. Her research focuses on gender disparity in labor markets, demographic transition, labor market dynamics and economic growth. Her research has been published by Palgrave Macmillan, Springer and in other high-quality journals, including Applied Economics, The European Journal of Development Review, International Journal of Manpower and Economic Systems. Before joining SDSB (LUMS), she worked for the State Bank of Pakistan as Deputy Director in Research Department focusing on social sector issues. She has recently done a project titled “National Leadership for Reproductive Health and Development” with the David and Lucille Packard Foundation in collaboration with the Social Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC), LUMS. Currently, she is heading the Pakistan Women Entrepreneurship Programme in collaboration with American University, Washington DC.